Civil Asset Forfeiture


Under Civil Asset Forfeiture law, US citizens can often be subjected to having their money or property seized without having been even charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. When police and law enforcement take property, with no trial, little due process, and sometimes no warning, it is up to the victim to hire a lawyer (if they can afford one) to try and get their property back.

The DKT Liberty Project believes that US citizens should not be considered guilty until proven innocent, and we are pushing back against civil forfeiture abuses by paying the attorney fees of victims and supporting efforts to get these laws reformed.


Ending Nebraska’s property forfeiture scam

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June 24, 2017

Ronald Frasher, Ph.D., writes on public policy issues for the DKT Liberty Project, and recently wrote the following for the Kerney Hub: “Ending Nebraska’s property forfeiture scam.”  Here’s a clip: In response to mounting cases of private property abuse, Nebraska lawmakers are determined to end state and local law enforcement’s addition to a lucrative federal Read the full article…

VICTORY FOR THE FRIENDLY MARKET IN OKLAHOMA!

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June 23, 2017

After three trials supported by the DKT Liberty Project, prosecutors drop all charges  From the Washington Post: An Oklahoma prosecutor dropped drug-related charges Monday against the owner of a now-closed pipe shop in Norman and a store clerk after previous trials on similar charges ended in acquittals and a hung jury. “It is a surprise Read the full article…

Prosecution of Oklahoma pipe shop leaves residents perplexed

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From Sean Murphy at the Associated Press: While other states across the nation are easing penalties for marijuana use or legalizing the drug altogether, Norman police and its Republican district attorney are taking the opposite tack: pursuing criminal charges against the now-shuttered Friendly Market shop owner Robert Cox and several of his clerks for selling glass Read the full article…

NY Police Seize – – and Keep – – $ Millions from Low-Income People

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April 14, 2017

DKT Liberty Project Partners with The Bronx Defenders to Stop Abusive and Unconstitutional Practices.  New York police arrest hundreds of thousands of people each year, seizing cash, phones, and other personal property in most of these arrests.  Now, the DKT Liberty Project and the Bronx Defenders are fighting back.  With over 250 advocates and attorneys on Read the full article…

DKT Liberty Project Supports innocent store staff in Norman, Oklahoma case

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April 11, 2017

In 2016, local police in Norman, Oklahoma raided The Friendly Market, taking glass smoking pipes and all of the cash in the register on the grounds that they of violated OK’s drug paraphernalia statues and eventually forcing the store out of business. The DKT Liberty Project, an organization promoting individual liberty against government encroachment, is Read the full article…

Liberty Project Intervenes, Government Drops All Criminal Charges

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March 15, 2017

In August of 2015, Paul Jones and his 19-year-old son, Grayson, were driving from Georgia to California when they were pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on Interstate 80 near Truckee, California. The officer alleged that their car was “straddling the white line” on the right-hand side of the road. The police video did Read the full article…

Houston Chronicle: Civil Asset Forfeiture Needs Stricter Rules

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December 29, 2016

If a dangerous street hoodlum demands and then flees with your wallet, the police will call that robbery.  But, if a police officer seizes your cash, car or other property on the mere suspicion that it is somehow connected to criminal activity – and without ever convicting or even charging you with a crime – Read the full article…